Monday, October 31, 2005

The Verizon gig - opening for Cheap Trick and Def Leppard

WOW! What an amazing show Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, playing on the second stage before the Cheap Trick/Def Leppard show! It was great. Since we were on early, like right when the gates opened, we didn't get a HUGE crowd, but it was pretty respectable as people started coming over to get beer and stuff. Being that the second stage is on the far side of the amphitheatre as you come in, most people probably didnt even know we were there. By the time we finished, we had several hundred people watching.
The tie-in with K-ROCK started a little late, so we played for a solid hour before yielding to the costume contest, and then the first act came on...some guy with an acoustic guitar. We got nothing but praise from all the folks who checked us out and even our soundman and security were impressed!
They were particularly amused when our lead singer Bruce decided to jump off the stage. The stage there is almost six feet off the ground, so Bruce misjudged it a little and took a little tumble, but got up like "I meant to do that!" He was a trooper and never missed a beat, so I have to give him credit.
The Pace Concert promotions people loved us and couldn't say enough nice things about our performance, so that was very gratifying. They told us they'll definitely use us again in the future. Plus we got paid $200 for an hour's work AND got great seats for the show!
The show....WOW! Cheap Trick were awesome. Huge sound, especially from the 12-string bass of Thom Peterson and the guitar of Rick Nielsen. And Def Leppard...these guys have still got it in spades. Possibly one of the best shows I have EVER seen. Amazing stage and light show, impeccable sound, amazing vocals and guitar. And it was one hit after another. After a while, it was just a mass of people swaying back and forth and singing along with every song.
For 25 years as a band, Def Leppard still know how to bring it! And to think that some of these guys were just 15 or 16 when the first album came out, all the band members are just in their early or mid-forties! I honestly don't remember songlists or the order they were played in, but I know that no one was disappointed in either band. They heard all their favorites and the bands were definitely into it, and appreciated the very loud response from the San Antonio audience.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Alter Ego at Verizon Wireless

We have a very cool gig we have coming up on Sunday, Oct. 30. I got a call from Pace Concerts Friday and they have asked ALTER EGO to play on the second stage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, before the Def Leppard/Cheap Trick show! Natuarally, I was pretty floored when I got the call, but I immediately said HELL YES we would play! We're scheduled to play from 5-5:45 p.m. and then from 6:30-7 p.m., so we're looking forward to playing 105 minutes of our very best songs! Seems Pace Concerts called 102.7 K-ROCK and asked who they would recommend as a good cover band to play this gig and they immediately recommended ALTER EGO, so a BIG thank you goes out to Brian from K-ROCK and all the great people we have worked with over there on previous gigs.This is GREAT exposure for us, and should be a hell of a lot of fun to play, PLUS getting to see the concert! And we'll be at the Falls on Thursday, Oct. 27 and at the I-35 Hooligan's Friday Oct. 28.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Alter Ego at BoozeHounds & Hooligan's Oct 21-22

Alter Ego at BoozeHounds & Hooligan's
It's late October and what is that time for? The World Series ...Go Astros!! The start of basketball season... Go Spurs Go!!! And it's time to get out during these beautiful evenings and enjoy some live music!ALTER EGO has two GREAT places for you to enjoy this weekend ....on FRIDAY, OCT. 21, beginning at 10 p.m., we'll be at BOOZEHOUNDS, located at 8531 PERRIN-BEITEL, just off Loop 410 and right next to Lack's. We love playing this centrally located club ...they treat their customers and bands great, there's plenty of room and plenty of TVs and pool tables!On SATURDAY, OCT. 22, we'll be at the HOOLIGAN'S over at 10855 I-10 NORTH, at the old Dukes's Roadhouse, and north of Wurzbach on the northbound side access road. We've already played the I-35 Hooligan's a few times and have gigs at both location throughout the rest of the year. However, this will be our first show at the I-10 location, so we're really looking forwardto seeing a lot of friendly faces at this gig! And you can enjoy great drink specials and tasty food as well at this huge party destination.We've got a rare Thursday gig next week, Oct. 27, at the FALLS, over at 226 Bitters, just off Hwy 281 and Embassy Row. And we'll be back at the I-35 Hooligans Oct. 28. There are PLENTY of gigs coming up for the rest of October, and throughout November and December, so check out the website at for updates. We really hope to see you this weekend, and thank you for all your support, on behalf of all of the members of ALTER EGO!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Alter Ego at the Roxy & Clicks Oct 14-15

Alter Ego at the Roxy & Clicks
After a relatively light weekend, we're back with a full slate of gigs through October, November and December! And with the evenings cooling off a bit, it's even better to find a great club to hang out at. Well, this week, we have TWO for y'all to enjoy!On FRIDAY, OCT. 14, we'll be at the Northwest Side's best spot to party, THE ROXY, at 3249 WURZBACH, right across from Ingram Park Mall. Easily one of our favorite gigs, we always seem to have a great crowd, a great sound, and especially a great time there! Gig time is 9:30 p.m. and there's never acover!On 9:30 P.M. on SATURDAY, OCT. 15, we're playing our first gig at CLICK'S BILLAIRDS, located at 11531 WEST AVENUE, just off Blanco. We've heard a lot of good things about this Click's location, and we're hoping you'll come on out and help us show this new North Side location a little ALTER EGO-style party!In the coming weeks, we'll be playing at Boozehounds, both Hooligan's locations, the Falls, the new Q-Bar, Wise Guys Tripp's, the Broadway Brewhaus and much more. Keep up to date by checking out the website at YOU are the ones helping us get these great gigs, because YOU are supporting the band week after week! We could not do what we do without you, so thank you all so much on behalf of myself, Tony, Paul and Bruce ... see you out there!